Michael Burke

Out of Mind

Detective Johnny "Blue" Heron is lured away from stargazing on his fire escape by a wealthy socialite who wants to track down her husband’s lover. It appears to be a straightforward task for a private investigator, but the trail quickly muddies. Blue is chased by hit men and seduced by the suspected lover. A fight in an abandoned pipe factory, a headless body on the railroad tracks, and the curious involvement of homeless kittens makes Out Of Mind a fascinating read. Michael Burke has produced a fast moving mystery that combines a tightly woven plot with Blue’s philosophical musing, sexual shenanigans, and humor.

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Fiction - Mystery
"Thomas Pynchon and Dashiell Hammett walk into a bar: Burke's channeling the results right here in Out of Mind. Pure joy!"
—Graeme Harper, author of The Invention of Dying
"That kinky private eye, "Blue" (aka Johnny) Heron is back and so is Michael Burke with his remarkable gift for combining can't-put-it-down suspense with startling philosophical glosses and eye-popping metaphors. Reading Burke may soon become a national habit."
—Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
" ...Swan Dive has the speed and sex of Spillane, the plotting of Chandler and the wit and charm of Hammett."
—John Gruen, author of Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!

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